The Resource "Like dancers following each other's steps" : an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences, by Sharon Cockerham Robideaux, (electronic resource)

"Like dancers following each other's steps" : an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences, by Sharon Cockerham Robideaux, (electronic resource)

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"Like dancers following each other's steps" : an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences
Title
"Like dancers following each other's steps"
Title remainder
an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences
Statement of responsibility
by Sharon Cockerham Robideaux
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Language
eng
Summary
This empirical study examines the role of lexical priming in first-year college student writers' abilities to consider multiple audiences. The writing topic assigned to all 165 first-year students is identical except for the audience: one-third of the students wrote a persuasive letter to an authority figure; one-third wrote a persuasive letter to a close friend; and one-third were not given an audience assignment, but were instructed to write a persuasive essay. Their responses were analyzed for evidence of Audience-Sensitivity Traits and of lexical priming, i.e., phonological strings that can indicate awareness of audience, a theory based on work by Michael Hoey and David Kaufer and colleagues. Although some specific variables yielded inconclusive results, overall, it can be concluded that student writers effectively "primed" their readers to read as the writers directed, that they effectively used lexical priming to write within assigned genres, and that most of the writers did not display overt egocentrism. These results also confirm hypotheses regarding audience intimacy behavior such as those proposed by Bracewell, Scardamalia, and Bereiter; Barry Kroll; and Vincent Puma. Further, this study furnishes evidence of the usefulness of computerized text-tagging software (DocuScope®) to aid the rhetorician in textual analysis, even as it exposes some problems with such software
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MUU
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Robideaux, Sharon
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2007.
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Columbia
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Townsend, Martha
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  • Lexical phonology
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • College students' writings
  • Writing
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specialized
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"Like dancers following each other's steps" : an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences, by Sharon Cockerham Robideaux, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007)
  • Vita
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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183440954
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unknown
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electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)183440954
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
"Like dancers following each other's steps" : an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences, by Sharon Cockerham Robideaux, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007)
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
183440954
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)183440954
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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